Like a lot of people, we are in the process of rethinking our summer holiday and one of the options we are considering is touring round some of the UK's best wineries and trying to fill our spiral cellar which has a capacity of 1,500 bottles. The UK do some of the best wines in the world Nyetimber, Chapel Down, Langham, Hush Heath and The Three Choirs just to name a few.
For the last few years I have tried to grow grapes in my garden at The Pink House quiet successfully I might add. However I have no idea how to turn the fruits of a labour into something that might even work in a Spaghetti Bolognese. So if you have any advice please let me know in the comments.
However I digress, I get lots of questions on instagram about my spiral cellar when I show it on a video or post a picture. So I thought I would write a post and explain our experience, so you are better informed if you decide to get one installed yourself.
The company we used are called Spiral Cellars. It is built with natural ventilation, temperature control and humidity conditions and you don’t need an existing underground cellar or basement in your home. Planning permission is generally not required and in our case we didn’t need it.
It took three men three days to hand dig the hole. One man did the digging another lifted the excess rubble out and the third man carried it round to the front of the house to a skip.
It is incredible the speed in which they dig the hole as it is not an insignificant amount of space that is required to build the cellar. Remember it isn’t the diameter of the cellar door that they dig, it is also the depth of the concrete sections that they insert into the hole to make the structure where the wine sits.
They use a plastic membrane for the walls and floor, before installing the concrete sections that build the internal structure of the cellar. This takes a further 4-5 days to install along with the door, so a total of 8-9 days for complete installation.
There are lots of different options you can apply to your cellar, such as lighting, stair width, capacity and colour. You can add Amtico & Bolon stair treads which come in a variety of colours but are only available if your cellar is white like ours; the other option is to have it in grey. There are less options if you decide to go with the grey interior than the white, but that is reflected in the price, it also doesn’t hold as many bottles. The capacities range from 1000 bottles up to 1,900.
As you can see we are no where near full and I can't think of a better way to spend the summer than visiting wineries. It's a tough job but someone has to do it, right?!
Depending on your budget there is a range of door configurations, shapes and finishes you can apply. Such as tiled, glass, concealed timber and reinforced timber for those people lacking in space who want it in their garage. We went for a reinforced glass finish. I get a lot of people when they visit asking if you can walk on it, which you can. It has a hinged door that lifts one half of the glass door to gain access.
They call the sections as shown in the image here bins and you can fit 24 bottles to each bin. The price range for the cellars are from £18,840 up to £80,000.
It is an impressive feature to have and we wouldn’t be without ours. It is a great investment for your home as it does increase the value. For anyone who is a wine lover, I would certainly consider putting a wine cellar in your home. The spiral cellar company do an array of cellars not just the spiral one. They do wine rooms which are equally as impressive. I would love to design an entrance hall with a wine room incorporated into the design. So if anyone is interested please get in touch. Also if you are considering putting a wine cellar in your home please do let me know if have any specific questions and I would be more than happy to answer them for you.